SHEL­TER PETS

A Min­nesota pho­tog­ra­pher fo­cuses his lens on help­ing dis­placed pets find per­ma­nent homes.

Midwest Living - - Contents - WRITER Han­nah Agran

As a vol­un­teer for Sec­ond­hand Hounds, Thomas Strand usu­ally helped the Min­neapo­lis res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion with an­i­mal tran­sit and home in­spec­tions— un­til he of­fered to pet-sit a fos­tered blood­hound for five days. “Bu­ford was this big char­ac­ter, so I started do­ing photos of him. That’s how he found his for­ever home,” Thomas says. Now, if a dog or cat isn’t at­tract­ing adop­tion ap­pli­ca­tions, Thomas do­nates a photo shoot. He com­pares it to help­ing pets craft a bet­ter Tin­der pro­file: “I take them for the af­ter­noon or a few days. We’re hang­ing to­gether, and their per­son­al­ity starts to come through. Peo­ple can see that in the photos.” And as any vet­eran of on­line dat­ing knows, a stand­out pro­file pic is the first step to find­ing the per­fect match. sec­ond­hand­hounds.org

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